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Video: Phoenix Officer Shoots, Kills Unarmed Black Suspect

December 04, 2014  | 

VIDEO: Phoenix Officer Shoots, Kills Unarmed Black Suspect

A white Phoenix police officer used lethal force on an unarmed Black man Tuesday night. The incident left the officer unharmed and Brisbon, 34, dead.

Phoenix police quickly released a detailed account of the killing for the media on Wednesday morning in what officials said was an effort to promote transparency, especially in light of the unrest that has played out in Ferguson and New York City following the deaths of unarmed Black men at the hands of White officers. But portions of that account have already been challenged by some witnesses and community activists who say that the officer's use of force was excessive and that Brisbon's death was unwarranted, reports.

Shortly before 6 p.m. on Tuesday, officers were in the area for a burglary investigation when a resident of an apartment complex told them that men inside a black Cadillac SUV were engaged in a drug deal, said Sgt. Trent Crump, a Phoenix police spokesman.

The officer said the driver, later identified as Brisbon, got out and appeared to be removing something from the rear of the SUV. The officer told Brisbon to show his hands, but Brisbon stuffed his hands into his waistband, Crump said.

The officer drew his weapon and Brisbon ran toward nearby apartments, Crump said. A short foot chase ensued.

Brisbon refused to comply with the officer's commands to get on the ground, and the two struggled once the officer caught up with him, Crump said. "During the struggle, Brisbon put his left hand in his pocket and the officer grabbed onto the suspect's hand, while repeatedly telling the suspect to keep his hand in his pocket," he said. "The officer believed he felt the handle of a gun while holding the suspect's hand in his pocket."

The officer could no longer keep a grip on Brisbon's hand and, because he feared that the suspect had a gun in his pocket, fired two shots, Crump said.

The item in Brisbon's pocket turned out to be a bottle of oxycodone pills, he said.

"Let's be very clear: The officer was doing what we expect him to do, which is investigate crimes that neighbors are telling him are occurring in that part of the complex."

Crump said the department was not identifying the officer, a 30-year-old with seven years on the force.

Comments (22)

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krisnlc @ 12/4/2014 3:05 PM

DANG....if what is reported on here is what actually happened...the officer cannot be blamed. He was in a struggle for his life, in the middle of an arrest or detainment....the perp. (Brisbon) had the opportunity and means to hurt the officer. All he had to do was comply!... Good riddance to this person also!

JJ @ 12/4/2014 3:31 PM

There seems to be an epidemic of black men who choose to ignore orders from cops to stop and to show hands or get on the ground. There is nothing the police departments can do to increase the level of gray matter in the 6 inches between the ears. The damned media wants the cop to be shot at or shot before responding! That should never happen! If he was on oxycodine was out of control.

Indy dep @ 12/4/2014 3:43 PM

At the end of today an officer has the responsibility of going home to his family and keeping him and his partner safe I hope that these individuals realizes the fleeing resisting and fighting officers is not a good situation for anyone and this is the result I truly hope that these young black man in America will open up their eyes to see the possible consequences for their action . I am emplor civilian leaders and police leaders as well to embrace the community and explained what should be done when they are approached by a police officer we have to stop it has to stop it must stop

Richard @ 12/4/2014 3:48 PM

Clearly called for the response taken by the Officer. I'm glad he is able to go home to his family when his shift is over. I just hope the media leaves the matter alone and doesn't fuel more flames and hatred through their lies. Just do what the Officer says and these situations would be avoided.

TheRookie @ 12/4/2014 4:20 PM

Dark days to be in the business. I saw & went through different scenarios in 24 yrs., but never had to worry about an A.G. or POTUS coming after the profession. Luckily I had Bush, Clinton, & Bush through my L.E. career. Every POTUS has their issues, but at least the latter supported L.E.
"Bat Boy" Obumbler & Erica` von With-Holder @ Dept. of Un-Justice are as anti-cop as they come. Whether it was these issues or not they intend to transform America & that includes L.E. & the judicial system(s). With-Holder went so far as to be complicit in murdering a L.E.O. (Brian Terry). Sympathy goes out to active L.E.O's.

XXXXX @ 12/4/2014 4:27 PM

Well then, I only have two things to say. 1. I'm glad the officer is okay and is going home to his family and 2. I'm glad I don't own a liquor, shoe, beauty supply, convenience or electronics store in Phoenix. Be Safe

Cletus McCoy @ 12/4/2014 4:43 PM

It is no secret that you are highly likely to come out on the short end of the deal if you are in disagreement with an officer once caught in some off-color situation. Hence, any Negro should know they have a fatal fetish if they do anything other than follow every detail of any command they are given during such an encounter. That is simple street-smarts.

Jelly @ 12/4/2014 5:15 PM

Seriously Cletus McCoy? You're not doing us in law enforcement any favors. I pray you're not an officer. On behalf of the real police officers on this site, I apologize to any African American that may visit this website. What a disgrace!

anonymous @ 12/4/2014 6:02 PM

When are people going to learn the place to fight the police is in court not on the street. Even if you think the officer is wrong let them arrest you and don't resist, if it was a false arrest not only will you be alive but you'll probably have a pretty good paycheck. When you fight in the street you force the only option they have to assure their own safety.

bob retired leo @ 12/4/2014 9:14 PM

A cops best friends the ACLU AND AL SHARPTON..... just being facetious...may they all rot where ever cop haters go.

TERRY F. ZECH VAPD RET @ 12/4/2014 9:25 PM

A hard plastic bottle full of evidnece he as obviously trying to get rid of. All he had to do was stop his actions and he would be fine, instead he fights the officer tooth and nail and ends up paying the ultimate price. None of us want to shoot someone, however him or me that's how it's going to be. Stay safe brother and sisters. Good Luck with your new training there in new York. Lets put Senator Rangel in with the trainees and see how he fairs.

kevCopAz @ 12/4/2014 9:40 PM

Really Denny? Cops will stop shooting blacks when those very blacks stop committing crime and /or do as LAWFULLY ordered to do and surrender and comply to LAWFUL orders by police. Then this will stop, until it does if you are a thug, if you don't do as LAWFULLY ordered to do, then if the officer is in danger and you resist, you will be shot end of story. YOU deserve to be shot if you are that tricking stupid and test the authority given to the cop to protect all law abiding citizens. Oh and as far as an epidemic of "black youth killed every day" in the USA, the real number is 123 in 2012, (hardly an epidemic) compared to 3x that of whites killed (320+) by police during same period) denny when black "leaders" stop race bating and spouting false statements and hyperbolae perhaps we can really get to the root causes of crime, no values in the home., 16% of the population (Blacks) commit 50% of the violent crimes with 90% of the victims being black! Please black citizens wake up!

BT @ 12/5/2014 7:13 AM

Really Denny? Just walking down the street minding their own business (probably the "middle of the street", but sidewalks are over rated). And "like the saying in prison goes" tells us a lot about where you've been and your stature in society.

S.S. @ 12/5/2014 8:15 AM

Denny is a douche sounds too much like lenny use to. In all these cases had the suspect not resisted they would be alive today. These officers tried to do their jobs, and would've had the offenders complied. We as officers recognize that we face these dangers wherever we go. We know that whenever we go out in the field that there is a chance that we make it back home. We want to go home after our tour of duty. These officers did what they had to do in order to make it back home. Ferguson and Arizona were where these officers felt their lives were in danger. The NYPD was just a case where an overweight obese man refused to be placed into custody, and was taken down. It was his own fault that he died. He knew what he was doing. He resisted and he died. Not the officers fault. WATCH YOUR BACK FELLOW OFFICERS. NOW WE HAVE ALL OF THESE PROTESTERS THINKING...GOD KNOWS WHAT.

BT @ 12/5/2014 12:38 PM

And thank you Police Mag.

S.S. @ 12/5/2014 1:42 PM


plato's playdough @ 12/6/2014 2:25 AM

If you ever wonder how things have descended to what is viewed as of late, I offer an quick look at some paradigms being espoused that you may not be aware of.
On this one, get past the visual intro (to create excitement of the fan base) and by timestamp 4m, you have the gist of it.

At the core of it, this is militant Judaism/Christianity, tailored for a specific race. And they have legal troops as well, in high places.

Capt. Crunch @ 12/6/2014 5:27 PM

It does not matter if you are white, black, yellow, red or mix. If you do not do a crime the police will not contact you. If you are suspect just answer the questions the police ask. WTF is so hard about that?

Capt.Crunch @ 12/7/2014 11:18 AM

@ Mohammed, because we live in a land of laws. If a police officer was to ask you a question you should have the courtesy or the balls to answer the question. Anybody with something between their ears should know this.

Sherry @ 12/7/2014 7:35 PM

If children can become desensitized by playing video games day after day,,, then so can Police Officers from dealing with negitivity day after day. Is it policy in your area to drug test officers after a shooting event? I hope so. An independent agency hopefully.

Sherry @ 12/7/2014 7:38 PM

Not telling the officers name is not a way to promote transparency. Same old, same old. Say one thing but do another.

denny @ 12/9/2014 8:30 PM

hey kevcopaz what the hell is this LAWFUL order that you brag about, are we in the military. I am sick and tired of you cops with this BS LAWFUL ORDER. you people just like to abuse your powers and always have to have the last word, and the phrase "don't get smart with me" . If you don't want people to get smart with you, stop being stupid, because you cops are not smarter then the next person.

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